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Evening News – 17 Oct 2021

Evening News

2030 HRS
17.10.2021

THE HEADLINES::

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan following heavy rain and landslide in State; Says, authorities working on ground to assist affected people.
  • Death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala reaches 23.
  • IMD issues red alert for heavy rain in Uttarakhand for tomorrow; Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami assures all arrangements in place to take care of any emergency situation.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, two non-local labourers shot dead by terrorists in Kulgam district.
  • Over 97 crore 65 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered in the country so far; National recovery rate stands at 98.10 percent.
  • 157 new medical colleges approved by Centre since 2014.
  • Over four crore unorganized workers registered on e-Shram Portal, says Labour and Employment Minister Bhupender Yadav.
  • Government says, prices of Onion, Tomato and Potato cheaper than last year.
  • Five-day Naval Commanders’ Conference to discuss important maritime matters to begin in New Delhi tomorrow.
  • In Cricket, Men’s T20 World Cup kicks off with qualifiers in Oman; Super 12 stage to begin from 23rd October in UAE.

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As India is on the verge of vaccinating 100 crore people against COVID-19, All India Radio salutes all the doctors, nurses and others who made this possible. At the same time, we caution our listeners that the battle against COVID is not yet over. We appeal to our listeners to get fully vaccinated at the earliest and also help others get vaccinated.

During the festival season, please follow these three simple steps —

  • Wear a face mask.
  • Maintain Do Gaz Ki Doori for social distancing.
  • Focus on hand and face hygiene.

For any COVID related information and guidance contact National helpline numbers — 011-23978046 and 1075. And, now the news in detail:

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rain and landslide in the State. In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, it is saddening that some people have lost their lives due to heavy rain and landslides in Kerala. He expressed condolence to the bereaved families. The Prime Minister said, authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected people. He prayed for everyone’s safety and well-being.

Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that his Ministry is continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Shah said that the central government will provide all possible support to help people in need. Mr Shah informed that National Disaster Response Force, (NDRF) teams have already been sent to assist the rescue operations in the State.

Meanwhile, death toll in Kerala in rain related incidents has risen to 23. Talking to AIR News, Inspector General in National Disaster Response Force Amarendra Kumar Sengar said, 13 lives were lost in Kottayam district, while nine died in Idukki district in rain related incidents. He said, one person died when he was swept away at Nellikunnu near Thiruvananthapuram.

The authorities have called off search operations at Koottickal as the mortal remains of all those reported missing were recovered.

As intermittent rain continues in parts of Kerala, and with many catchment areas receiving copious downpour, a red alert is in place in 10 dams across the state. These dams have either crossed or reached close to the full reservoir level.

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued red alert for heavy rain in Uttarakhand for tomorrow. Intermittent light to moderate rain is being experienced in most parts of the state including state capital Dehradun since this morning. The Met department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places of the state till 19th of this month. The weather department has also issued a red alert warning of heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places of Dehradun, Tehri, Almora, Pauri, Haridwar, Champawat and Nainital, tomorrow.

Taking to AIR News, Director General of IMD, M Mohapatra said, light to moderate rainfall today lashed various parts of the national capital.

In view of the weather warning, the Uttarakhand government has directed all District Administrations to remain on alert mode. In wake of the heavy rains, a holiday has been declared for tomorrow in government and non-government schools including Dehradun, Nainital, Chamoli and Haridwar besides, other districts. Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami has assured that all arrangements are in place to take care of any emergency situation. 

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Many parts of Maharashtra are also witnessing incessant rain since last night. AIR correspondent reports that incessant rainfall is being experienced in several districts including Nanded, Jalna, Wasim, Hingoli, Dhule, Parbhani, Jalgaon and Yavatmal.

Heavy rainfall also resulted in flash flooding in many areas.  Soyabean and cotton crops in Hingoli and Wasim districts have been severely affected. The floods have closed Sarapkhed-Dhodap and Karda-Gobhani district highways. Due to this, 40 villages in Risod and Washim talukas along the Pan Ganga river are on high alert.

In Yavatmal district, three persons were killed in rain related incidents.

In Jalgoan district, the water level of the reservoir is increasing due to incessant rain in the Waghur dam area.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, terrorists shot down two non-local labourers and injured another at Wanpoh area in Kulgam district this evening. The area has been cordoned off by the security forces and a massive manhunt was launched to nab the assailants. Details are awaited. The attack comes a day after two non-locals, one a Street Vendor selling Gole Gappa in Eidgah area of Srinagar city and a Carpenter in Litter village in Pulwama district were brutally killed by terrorists.

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Over 97 crore 65 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far under nationwide vaccination drive. The Union Health Ministry said, more than 41 lakh 20 thousand doses were administered in the last 24 hours.

A total of 14 thousand 146 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours which is the lowest in 229 days. The National recovery rate is currently at 98.10 percent which is the highest since March last year. With over 19 thousand 700 recoveries in the last 24 hours, total recoveries in the country has risen to over 3 crore 34 lakh.

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Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya launched the anthem on India’s Covid 19 vaccination yesterday. The song has been sung by eminent singer Kailash kher.

Speaking on the occasion, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said, the government will soon be able to administer 100 crore vaccine doses. The Minister said, transporting the vaccine from one place to another was a big challenge and this was made possible by everyone’s efforts.   

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Over 101.7 crore vaccine doses of COVID-19 have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. These vaccines have been given by the Central Government through free of cost channel and direct state procurement category. The Health Ministry said, more than 10 crore 42 lakh balance and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States and Union Territories.

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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that the Bharatiya Janata Party led Central government has given nod to as many as 157 new medical colleges in India since 2014 and spent a total of 17,691.08 crore rupees on them.

The Union Health Ministry’s response to a new Right to Information (RTI) Act query mentioned that these medical institutes were approved under a centrally-sponsored scheme (CSS). Furthermore, the Ministry said that under the CSS, since 2014, about 2,451.1 crore rupees has been given for the upgradation of existing state government or central government medical colleges to increase MBBS seats in the country.

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Union Minister for Labour and Employment Bhupender Yadav has said that more than four crore unorganized workers have registered on e-Shram Portal which is the country’s  first National Database on Unorganized Workers. Sharing the information in a tweet, Mr Yadav said that by registering, the unorganized workers will be able to get the benefits of government schemes easily. Of the total registered workers, around 50 per cent  beneficiaries are female and 49.98 are male. The States like Odisha, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh are at the fore front with highest number of registrations on the e-Shram Portal launched by the Labour Ministry. The largest number of workers registered is from agriculture and construction, given the sheer volume of these two sectors in employment generation in India.

For online registrations, individual workers can use E-Shram’s mobile application or the website. They can also visit the Common Service Centres, State Seva Kendra, Labour Facilitation Centres, selected post offices of the Department of Posts’ Digital Seva Kendras, to register themselves on this portal.

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The government today said that prices of onion, tomato and potato are cheaper than last year. It also said, Onion prices are being stabilised with buffer stock release and efforts are on to soften tomato and potato rates. Onion stocks are being released in the market on the first-in-first-out basis in a calibrated manner from the last week of August in a bid to moderate prices and ensure minimum storage loss.

As a result of this, the retail onion price was ruling in the range of 42 to 57 rupees per kg in metro citites on 14th of this month. The all-India average retail price of onion was ruling at 37 rupees 06 paise per kilogram, while the average wholesale rate was 30 rupees per kilogram on October 14.

In a statement, the Food and Consumer Affairs Ministry said, buffer stock of onion is being released in states where prices ruled above all-India average and also where prices are rising over the previous month.

Besides releasing onions in the market, the ministry has offered onions from the buffer at 21 rupees per kg to all states and Union territories for lifting from the storage locations.

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World Bank President David Malpass met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Washington in the United States and discussed India’s efforts on climate change action.

In a statement, the World Bank said, they have emphasised the need for scaling up climate finance for impactful projects in line with Nationally Determined Contributions and development goals.

Mr Malpass also reaffirmed the international financial institution’s strong commitment to India across all World Bank Group entities, including the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

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Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia flagged-off SpiceJet’s inaugural flight from Delhi to Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. Known as the abode of the ‘Kaliyuga’ deity Lord Venkateswara popularly called Balaji, the town of Tirupati is famous for its temples.  Sri Venkateswara Temple, sits atop one of the seven peaks of Tirumala Hills at an elevation of 860 meters approximately.

With the launch of these flights, passengers from Tirupati can now conveniently travel to a host of other cities both on SpiceJet’s domestic as well as international network through Delhi.

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The second edition of Naval Commanders’ Conference of 2021 will be held in New Delhi from tomorrow till 22nd of this month.

The five-day Conference serve as a platform for Naval Commanders to discuss important maritime matters at the military-strategic level. During the biannual meeting, Navy’s top commanders will discuss the force’s operational, logistical and material preparedness and future plans. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh will address the Navy commanders, along with the chiefs of the Army and the Air Force.

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Uttar Pradesh will get seven new medical colleges this month. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate these medical colleges during his visit to Siddharthanagar on 25th of October. Addressing media persons in Siddharthanagar, Chief Minister said, the National Medical Commission has given its approval to seven newly constructed medical colleges. The seven districts to get medical colleges are Siddharthanagar, Etah, Hardoi, Ghazipur, Mirzapur, Deoria and Pratapgarh.

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In Uttar Pradesh, BJP leader Nitin Agarwal today filed his nomination for the post of deputy speaker of state assembly in the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.

The Uttar Pradesh assembly will elect its deputy speaker tomorrow in a specially convened one-day session.

Contest appears to have become inevitable for the election of the deputy speaker with the Samajwadi Party candidate Narendra Singh filing his nomination for the post as well. Samajwadi Party (SP) decided to challenge the BJP nominee Nitin Agarwal.

Mr Agarwal, who technically continues to be an SP MLA, had joined the BJP with his father and former MP Naresh Agarwal in 2018. Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit had recently rejected the SP’s petition seeking disqualification of Nitin Agarwal. So the contest will be between two MLAs of Samajwadi Party.

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BJP national office bearers will meet tomorrow at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Party President JP Nadda has called the meeting of all the national office bearers after announcing his working committee. This committee includes, senior leaders like Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. For the first time in the Covid-19 period, the meeting of the expanded office bearers has been called by party president J P Nadda.

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As our Nation celebrates the seventy fifth year of Independence, a series of events are being organised by the Government as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. Let’s listen to our special programme, ‘Azadi ka Safar’ highlighting the importance of the day during the freedom struggle.

To commemorate the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav as a Jan-Utsav, All India Radio News brings its listeners a special quiz on India’s freedom movement and its glorious history. The quiz is being conducted every Monday and Tuesday in Morning News.

The announcement of the name of the winner will be made the next day in the Morning News. The winner will be awarded an E-Certificate and a token prize.

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Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has introduced the facility of Free High Speed WiFi service at all metro stations of its Yellow Line section from HUDA City Centre to Samaypur Badli. This service, coinciding with the start of festival season, is launched on this section, which consists of 37 Metro stations and runs mostly underground. Passengers will be able to use internet by simply logging into network ID “OUI DMRC FREE Wi-Fi”. The Free High-Speed Wi-Fi connectivity is already available on all metro stations of the Blue Line and Airport Express Line.

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In Cricket, the Men’s T20 World Cup began in Oman today with qualifiers. The matches of the tournament are being played across four venues in the United Arab Emirates and Oman.

In the opening match of group stage, co-hosts Oman defeated Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets at Al Amerat stadium in Muscat. Chasing the victory target of 130 runs, Oman overhauled the score in 13.4 overs with 38 balls to spare. Earlier, put into bat, Papua New Guinea posted 129 for 9 in stipulated 20 overs.

The second group stage match between Scotland and Bangladesh is being played at the same venue. Put into bat by Bangladesh, Scotland were 96 for 6 in 16 overs when reports last came in.

The Men’s T20 World Cup was earlier scheduled to be held in India but was shifted to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) remains the hosts of the event. The UAE will host the Super 12 stage and the knockout games at three venues in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi while Oman will host the Super 12 qualifier matches.

The top four teams from the qualifiers will join India, West Indies, Australia, South Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, England and New Zealand for Super 12 stage which will begin from 23rd of this month. Before the start of Super 12s, the top eight teams, which are qualified for main event, will play two warm-up games each.

India will play two warm-up games ahead of its titanic clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on 24th of October in Dubai.

The Men in Blue will play its first warm-up match against England tomorrow, which will begin at 7:30 pm Indian time at Dubai International Stadium. India’s second practice match will be against Australia on 20th of this month at same venue at 3:30 pm Indian time.

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Now, let us take a look at the weather forecast for tomorrow.

The National Capital Delhi will have generally cloudy sky with Light rain. The temperature will vary between 21 and 30 degree Celsius.

Mumbai will have partly cloudy sky while Chennai is expected to have generally cloudy sky.

Kolkata will have generally cloudy sky with Heavy rain.

Srinagar will have partly cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Jammu, the minimum temperature will be 20 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

Leh and Gilgit is likely to witness generally cloudy sky with light rain.

Muzaffarabad will have mainly clear sky becoming partly cloudy towards evening or night.

Most of the North-Eastern cities including, Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Itanagar and Gangtok will have generally cloudy sky with moderate rain.

Visakhapatnam will observe a minimum temperature of 26 degree Celsius and a maximum of around 33 degrees.

Bengaluru will have generally cloudy sky with one or two spells of rain or thundershowers.

In Thiruvananthapuram, the minimum temperature will be 25 degree Celsius while the maximum will be around 32 degrees.

And, in Puducherry, the temperature will vary between 25 and 33 degree Celsius.

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